Look back at 2018 and look forward to 2019

Trends that shaped the real estate industry in 2018 and what’s in store for 2019

According to a joint report by CREDAI and JLL, India’s real estate sector is projected to reach$180 billion by 2020 from $126 billion in 2015. As the growth trajectory looks strong, let’s take a look at how 2018 ushered the massive structural changes in, and what 2019 looks like for Indian real estate.

2018: The Year of Change

The year witnessed a remarkable journey for the economy and real estate industry made a strong comeback in the second half of the year.

  • Policy Matters

The industry underwent numerous ups and downs, battling an initial slowdown due to demonetisation and rising up again with the introduction of a series of restructuring policies such as the iconic RERA act and GST in real estate that restored trust, accountability, and transparency in the system.

  • Government Initiatives

The government of India also brought in numerous initiatives to boost a limping real estate business. The announcement of Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme(CLSS) in 2018 proved beneficial to both buyers and sellers because this considerably made loans very affordable. This scheme ensures that the interest subsidy is credited upfront to the loan account of receivers via lending entities resulting in reduced effective housing loan and equated monthly portions. In addition, the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) initiative also offers interest subsidy schemes to boost affordable housing segment. Coupled with RERA and GST, this also supported the industry gather more demand for housing.

  • Slowdown areas

However, on the ‘ease of dealing with construction permits’ category in the World Bank business rankings of 2018, India’s jump was almost negligible –from 185 to 181. As the business in itself is not experiencing adequate sales to hike the GDP of the country, the current scenario of taxing the unsold inventory with developers further leads to confusion and doubts in the mind of the homebuyers. It results in the delay of the purchase decision, creating an unfavourable and unhealthy trend in the economy.

2019: The Year of Opportunity 

  • Heightened demand for housing

2019 is the year of reaping benefits for all the investments made in2018. A rapidly growing population, urbanisation, the increase of nuclear families, higher levels of disposable incomes, and financial benefits have become a crucial factor for hiking the housing demand by about 10 million per annum. Adding on to the list, we can also look at the affordable housing schemes (PMAY) from the government that are empowering the buyer community to pursue their housing dreams.

  • Rise of commercial market demand

The introduction of REITs (Real Estate Investment Trusts), the popular culture of co-working spaces, and improvement in industrialisation and trade opportunities is fuelling the demand for commercial properties and hybrid spaces in cities. Added to this is the rising demand from the tourism industry that’s now catering to hospitality business models like Airbnb.

  • More reliable developers

Policy changes have weeded out fly-by-night developers and ensured that developers up their game and be transparent in all operations with the buyers. This law-enforced guarantee is quite a relief for all the buyers as it promises accountability and boosts customer confidence.

  • Increased FDI

Increased transparency and greater confidence in the sellers added to the promise of higher returns has attracted NRI interest and paved the way for increasing FDI investments in the Indian real estate sector.

The Indian real estate industry has always transformed in accordance with the changing dynamics of the market. A year of various milestones, 2018 has revamped the industry quite a bit. Here, 2019 will be the year to see this business booming with demand, placing India on the global map as an ideal investment destination.

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